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DeKalb Commissioner Criticized for Allegedly Using County Credit Card for Personal Expenses

A watchdog group says DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer is using her county credit card as a personal line of credit.

DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer is being criticized by a watchdog group for having personal expenses on her county credit card. Credit: File|Patch
DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer is being criticized by a watchdog group for having personal expenses on her county credit card. Credit: File|Patch

DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer is being criticized by a government watchdog group for allegedly misusing her county debit card for thousands of dollars of personal expenses.

According to a recent investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boyer used her county VISA card for non-work-related expenses that include meals, rental cars, and airline tickets to a ski resort.

The newspaper reports that many of the purchases came during a two-year period in 2012 and 2013 in which Boyer and her husband were in danger of losing their home to foreclosure.

Republican Boyer represents portions of District 1 in north DeKalb including Brookhaven and Dunwoody, says Georgia Public Radio. She sometimes paid back the VISA charges within weeks or months, but more than $2,600 was still unpaid by the time the newspaper began asking for receipts.

William Perry of the government watchdog group Common Cause said it appears Boyer used the county VISA card as an open line of credit for personal expenses.

“This isn’t something that should be used a slush fund or a line of credit. This is taxpayer dollars,” said Perry.

Boyer did not respond to WABE's requests for comment, but told the AJC the expenses were the result of sloppy bookkeeping.

Currently, DeKalb commissioners have no oversight on how they use their county debit cards.

After years of talks, DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May and the county commission signed off on a budget that includes money for an internal auditor position. However, it remains unfilled.

Boyer has voiced concerns about the amount of power the proposed auditor would have, particularly when investigating elected officials, WABE says.

gdfo March 25, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Please don't leave out SS Barnes financial issues and also the Dekalb County Purchasing Director who pleaded the 5th amendment 343 times during an investigation. Mr Ellis is still suspended also. Dekalb County government is in dire need of an overhaul. Not just the elected officials either. The Elected come and go.
Nod April 01, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Gee folks, we are awfully quiet in the neighborhood; did someone in our family do something wrong? There is quite a bit more conversation in the North Druid Hills Patch. Oh well, family should stick together in difficult times.
Nod April 01, 2014 at 02:48 PM
You supposed ADULTS need to stop your fighting and whining. This is what's wrong with this country today; our young people do not have good role models for one thing. A crime is a crime, whether one supports LCA, Tucker, Judaism or Christianity. The woman STOLE money from the government; my hard earned tax payments, and yours, and others were stolen. I think and hope it is a felony. DeKalb County is not a bank or credit union, so the money was not a loan to be repaid. Oh, and she forgot the document that she signed in 2010. Well, if she can't remember that she should not be representing anyone in government or anywhere else. I suppose that may be selective memory, that a credit card from DeKalb County is for your personal entertainment, etc. Folks talk about the corruption in DeKalb County, the state, the federal government, but now it's okay because it's your friend. Corruption in the government has been going on for more years than all of us have been alive, but that does not make it right. Well, that was not her money, it was ours, she STOLE it and repaying it does not absolve her of guilt. A person robs a bank and returns it, so what do you say in response to that? Let him go, he gave it back?? I believe as someone else said, she started to repay it after the AJC was onto her. She is guilty, no trial is necessary. She should resign immediately, should be prosecuted just as she wants others prosecuted, and I will NOT vote for her again, even though I'm sure there will be many who will still support her. Wake up people and stop living in your biased world!! What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Does that apply here? :-) Have a wonderful honest life and remember, "Thou shall not steal."

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